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favorite

[fey-ver-it, feyv-rit] /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt/
noun
1.
a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference:
That song is an old favorite of mine.
2.
Sports. a competitor considered likely to win.
3.
a person or thing popular with the public.
4.
a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.:
favorites at the court.
adjective
5.
regarded with particular favor or preference:
a favorite child.
Also, especially British, favourite.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French < Italian favorito, past participle of favorire to favor. See favor, -ite2
Related forms
nonfavorite, noun
prefavorite, noun, adjective
unfavorite, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pre-favorite
favorite
1580s, from M.Fr., from O.Fr. favorit, variant of favori, pp. of favorir "to favor." In racing, attested from 1813.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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